1 Jan

Vermont Yankee part of NEI video press releases

first_imgThe Nuclear Energy Institute has produced four video news releases that examine innovations that have been recognized with a Top Industry Practice award. The final video features the Entergy Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon. The video, “Robotic Inspectors,” highlights new inspection devices developed at the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy station to closely analyze the facility’s steam dryer. Entergy Nuclear employees at Vermont Yankee are recipients of the Maintenance Process Award for developing innovative tooling for the inspection of a boiling water reactor steam dryer. The steam dryer is located in the top of the reactor.Entergy Nuclear partnered with AREVA NP Inc. to develop two remotely operated inspection systems, one to inspect the outer diameter of the dryer and the other to inspect the inner diameter. The outer diameter innovation uses a rail-and-trolley system with a telescoping mast and camera to inspect all 213 welds and components. The inner diameter method uses an underwater crawler with a telescoping mast and camera to inspect all 253 welds and components.Advantages common to both inspection systems include: improved safety, higher inspection quality, greatly reduced radiation exposure and parallel inspection capability. An annual reduction of 3.6 person-rem of radiation exposure is expected along with a minimum $500,000 cost reduction per outage. The tooling is highly transferable. It was developed so it can be used on all makes and sizes of dryers, regardless of the rail configuration on the refuel floor. The new dryer inspection tools can be used for dryer inspections at all boiling water reactors.To download “Robotic Inspectors,” go to: http://www.nei.org/filefolder/Robotic_Inspectors.wmv(link is external). The news release describing the all of the award-winning TIP entries is available at:http://www.nei.org/newsandevents/newsreleases/omaha-public-power-distric…(link is external). All four videos are posted on NEI’s Web siteThe first video, “High Tech Stress Relief,” released on July 7, looked at the challenge of microscopic stress corrosion cracking in plant systems. Released on July 14, the second video, “Global Ties Boost Nuclear Plant Performance,” showcased an international exchange of best practices by Exelon Nuclear. And released on July 21, “The Secret Is Plastic” focused on the impressive new use of polyethylene piping at nuclear plants.One hundred and four nuclear power plants operating in 31 states supply one-fifth of the nation’s electricity, even though they constitute only 10 percent of installed electric generating capacity.Source: NEI. The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available at www.nei.org(link is external).last_img read more

25 Sep

Five ‘Morales backers’ killed in Bolivia clashes

first_imgTear gas was used against the supporters of former president Evo Morales in Sacaba, Bolivia on Friday. REUTERS Bolivia – At least five people were reportedly killed in clashes betweensupporters of former president Evo Morales and the security forces here.    A doctor in the central city of Sacabasaid most of those killed and injured on Friday sustained bullet wounds,according to the Associated News agency.      Morales resigned last Sunday amidprotests following the presidential election. He has since fled to Mexico.(BBC)center_img Riot police on Friday also fired teargas to disperse protesters in La Paz, the country’s administrative center.  The country’s authorities did notreport any deaths in the city.     last_img read more

18 Sep

TKR down Jamaica Tallawahs for seventh straight win

first_imgTHE Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) marked the return of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 to the Brian Lara Cricket Academy with a seventh straight win.Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro smashed 71 off the last five overs of TKR’s’ innings, and the spinners bowled superbly against a Jamaica Tallawahs top-order that once again left Andre Russell with far too much to do.Sunil Narine returned with a bang, hitting two fours off Fidel Edwards and top-edging for six to take 17 off the first over, then he plundered Carlos Brathwaite for three fours in a row.Brathwaite recovered to take Narine’s wicket, but the all-rounder’s 29 off 11 had sent the Knight Riders flying out of the blocks.Colin Munro should have fallen for just 4, but Jermaine Blackwood dropped a simple catch.While Lendl Simmons smashed Edwards for a Hero Maximum over square leg, Mujeeb was miserly as ever and it was largely thanks to Narine that the Knight Riders managed 49-1 off the Powerplay.Munro found the fence twice off Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell, and while Sandeep Lamichhane proved unhittable, Powell’s second over released the pressure, going for 14 including multiple extras.Lamichhane showed his class, dismissing Simmons with a leg-break that drew a top-edged hack to point. Munro inside-edged past the keeper to take the Knight Riders to 83-2 at halfway.Munro edged for four again off Powell, but was bamboozled by Lamichhane and was lucky to survive.Brathwaite bowled a tidy over, and while Seifert managed to reverse-sweep Lamichhane for four, that was the only boundary the Nepali conceded all day. After 14 overs, the Knight Riders were 105/2.Seifert smote Edwards over his head for six then next ball slashed to Lamichhane at third man.But Munro got two reverse sweeps away for four in a row off Mujeeb, and Powell was too predictable as Munro was able to adjust and swing a Hero Maximum then a four over midwicket to take himself to 50. An over studded with extras went for 18.Pollard levered a near-yorker for six then pulled for four off Mujeeb, and Edwards twice paid for missing his yorker, Pollard dispatching a full toss for a Hero Maximum and Munro smoking a half-volley for four.Brathwaite got the daunting task of bowling the 20th and Pollard heaped the pressure on with a Hero Maximum.Munro pulled for four, and while Brathwaite closed the innings with a caught-and-bowled, the damage was done.Chadwick Walton’s difficult Hero CPL 2020 continued as he slashed the first ball of the innings to point, giving Akeal Hosein a dream start.While Blackwood started brightly, Pierre bowled him as he attempted to sweep, reducing Tallawahs to 14-2 in the second over.Knight Riders were on top, so much so Pollard put himself at short leg for Narine, who went for just two.Hosein returned and went for just six, and off the Powerplay Tallawahs had stuttered to 35-2 with the in-form Glenn Phillips facing just nine balls.The nine runs that came off Narine’s second over were largely due to poor fielding, but Phillips’ Hero Maximum off Fawad Ahmed was a fine hit.Phillips also cut DJ Bravo for four as two overs in a row went for double figures, but Pierre returned with a tight over, and at halfway Tallawahs were 70-2 and needed 11.50 an over.Phillips hit another six off Fawad, but Nkrumah Bonner had slowed almost to a crawl before falling lbw in the same over.Powell made little impact before being bowled by a Fawad googly, and so when Andre Russell came to the crease Tallawahs were 84-4 in the 13th and needed over 13 an over.DJ Bravo chose an off-side heavy field to restrict Russell. But it was the well-set Phillips who fell, slicing high in the air to give Seifert a simple catch.When Narine produced a good caught-and-bowled to dismiss Asif Ali, Russell found himself with Brathwaite for recognised company and a required run rate above 15.Brathwaite clipped for four when Bravo strayed onto his pads, but was lucky not to find a fielder when he sliced a drive high in the air.Brathwaite guided a four and Russell clubbed a six off Narine’s last over, but Tallawahs still needed 68 off the last 18 balls.Brathwaite and Russell targeted Jayden Seales, and though one of Russell’s fours should have been caught by Simmons at cover, a 22-run over just about kept Tallawahs in the game.But while Russell took DJ Bravo for four through the off-side and was dropped by Seales at backward point, he couldn’t manage another boundary and with 38 needed off the last over, the jig was up.Pollard brought himself on to close out the game, and all a frustrated Russell was able to do was to limit the net run-rate damage with a few mighty blows.The Knight Riders machine rolls on.last_img read more